Wednesday, March 6, 2013


The second design from Strata and Line I wanted to talk about is Strake, a drop-shouldered dolman pullover in Quince & Co. Lark Kittywake and Lichen.

(all photos copyright Bristol Ivy and Leah B. Thibault)

Strake is easily one of the simplest patterns I've ever written; the shape is tailored and clean, and the stripes and garter edging do all the work for a effortless finished piece.  Ravelry tells me I knit the sample in two weeks! But that ease doesn't stop it from being super wearable--I'm not typically a pullover person, but this sweater gets frequent wear. It was inspired by a shirt owned by my stripe-loving friend Aimee that I covet every time it makes an appearance.  I decided it was high time to make my own!

As with Stripanan, I had the colors and yarn picked out on this very early on.  I've spent a lot of time in the Quince warehouse, and sometimes certain colors just stick with you.  This is the second time I've used either color for a project; Lichen was used in the Tideline Cowl in Puffin, and Kittywake as the main color in Linnae.  I'm pretty certain I'll be using both of them again in the future as well!

Strake is worked in the round from the bottom up, and then split to work back and forth at the underarm.  The sleeves are picked up and knit down from the body.  It utilizes two of my favorite accents, contrast color cast-ons and bind-offs and garter edging.  I'll never tire of those!

Strake is available through Ravelry here, and as part of my four patterns in the Strata and Line collection for a discount with the code "STRATA".  I'll be discontinuing the coupon code once I finish with this blog series, so make sure to grab it quickly!